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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Mar 16, 2012 9:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 03-16-1994 penultimate Dark Star, huge SOTM

So I gave this Dark Star a listen. Like a lot of late-era Dark Stars, it kind of sounds like a rehearsal tape. The vocals are abominable, and they botch the restatement of the theme after the first refrain. But I have to admit that I didn't hate it as much as I thought I would. It never gets very "out there," but Jerry finds some nice grooves to work around in, and Vince actually adds nice color on the organ -- kind of sounds like Richard Wright of Pink Floyd at times. Poor Vince. He was really starting to catch on just as the band started to crash and burn. That said, for 1994, this sounds pretty cool, relatively speaking.

As for Standing on the Moon: It's refreshing to hear Jerry in a comfortable vocal register during this era. I've never been a huge fan of this song, which I find a little boring -- no real jamming, highly repetitive -- but this is a competently-played version. The wrap-up solo is a little sloppy, but Jerry throws a lot of energy into it, which gets the crowd pretty excited.

This post was modified by snow_and_rain on 2012-03-16 16:34:58